"as great a master of the art of love as Ovid was formerly "
Public DomainOvid - Credit: Anton von Werner

Ovid (43 BC – AD 17/18) was a Roman poet.  He is best known as the author of the three major collections of erotic poetry: Heroides (The Heroines), Amores (The Loves) and Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love), as well as the Metamorphoses, a mythological poem.  He ranks alongside Virgil and Horace as one of the three canonic poets of Latin literature.  His poetry greatly influenced European art and literature, and is one of the most important sources of classical mythology.

His three-part Ars Amatoria sets out to teach the arts of seduction, and how to keep a lover. In part 1, for men, Ovid describes the places one can go to find a lover, like the theater, and how to get the girl to notice you. In part 2, he advises men on how to keep their lovers - avoid giving too many gifts, keep up your appearance, hide affairs, give compliments.  In part 3, he provides love advice for women, including the importance of reading poetry, learning to play games, sleeping with people of different ages and flirting.